Boston Pops Opening Night Concert

Andy Grammer, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at the Opening Night Concert

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Like the swallows coming back to San Juan Capistrano, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops returned to Symphony Hall, kicking their season off in grand style with an Opening Night Concert that featured a centennial tribute to Leonard Bernstein, with special guest, pop crooner Andy Grammer.

Seen milling about the bar before the performance: dulcet-voiced radio host Ron Della Chiesa and the flawless Joyce, Microsoft muckety muck Kate Shamon, music scribe Jim Sullivan and the fetching Roza Yarchun, redheaded hotties Andrew Royer and Patrick McCarron, the sprightly Matthew Finn, fashion plate Alli Achtmeyer and the adoring Bill, and one person who offered the following review of a newly opened restaurant: “Well, they certainly put the teeny in martini.”

Among the fun facts uncovered during the course of the evening: Bernstein originally intended to name West Side Story “East Side Story,” which prompted someone to say, “Oh, dueling Chanel bags at dawn.”

As for the evening’s best exchange: “You should come hear me sing in church.”

“Hell, yeah!” ◆

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